[ʃɔːt] or [ʃɔːrt]


(noun.) the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed.

(adj.) tending to crumble or break into flakes due to a large amount of shortening; 'shortbread is a short crumbly cookie'; 'a short flaky pie crust' .

(adj.) (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length; 'short skirts'; 'short hair'; 'the board was a foot short'; 'a short toss' .

(adj.) primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration; 'a short life'; 'a short flight'; 'a short holiday'; 'a short story'; 'only a few short months' .

(adj.) of speech sounds or syllables of relatively short duration; 'the English vowel sounds in `pat', `pet', `pit', `pot', putt' are short' .

(adj.) not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices; 'a short sale'; 'short in cotton' .

(adj.) lacking foresight or scope; 'a short view of the problem'; 'shortsighted policies'; 'shortsighted critics derided the plan'; 'myopic thinking' .

(adj.) low in stature; not tall; 'he was short and stocky'; 'short in stature'; 'a short smokestack'; 'a little man' .

(adv.) at a disadvantage; 'I was caught short'.

(adv.) so as to interrupt; 'She took him up short before he could continue'.

(adv.) at some point or distance before a goal is reached; 'he fell short of our expectations'.

(adv.) clean across; 'the car's axle snapped short'.

(adv.) without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold; 'he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash'.

Typist: Rachel--From WordNet


(superl.) Not long; having brief length or linear extension; as, a short distance; a short piece of timber; a short flight.

(superl.) Not extended in time; having very limited duration; not protracted; as, short breath.

(superl.) Limited in quantity; inadequate; insufficient; scanty; as, a short supply of provisions, or of water.

(superl.) Insufficiently provided; inadequately supplied; scantily furnished; lacking; not coming up to a resonable, or the ordinary, standard; -- usually with of; as, to be short of money.

(superl.) Deficient; defective; imperfect; not coming up, as to a measure or standard; as, an account which is short of the trith.

(superl.) Not distant in time; near at hand.

(superl.) Limited in intellectual power or grasp; not comprehensive; narrow; not tenacious, as memory.

(superl.) Less important, efficaceous, or powerful; not equal or equivalent; less (than); -- with of.

(superl.) Abrupt; brief; pointed; petulant; as, he gave a short answer to the question.

(superl.) Breaking or crumbling readily in the mouth; crisp; as, short pastry.

(superl.) Brittle.

(superl.) Engaging or engaged to deliver what is not possessed; as, short contracts; to be short of stock. See The shorts, under Short, n., and To sell short, under Short, adv.

(adv.) Not prolonged, or relatively less prolonged, in utterance; -- opposed to long, and applied to vowels or to syllables. In English, the long and short of the same letter are not, in most cases, the long and short of the same sound; thus, the i in ill is the short sound, not of i in isle, but of ee in eel, and the e in pet is the short sound of a in pate, etc. See Quantity, and Guide to Pronunciation, //22, 30.

(n.) A summary account.

(n.) The part of milled grain sifted out which is next finer than the bran.

(n.) Short, inferior hemp.

(n.) Breeches; shortclothes.

(n.) A short sound, syllable, or vowel.

(adv.) In a short manner; briefly; limitedly; abruptly; quickly; as, to stop short in one's course; to turn short.

(v. t.) To shorten.

(v. i.) To fail; to decrease.

Typist: Ursula

Synonyms and Synonymous

a. [1]. Brief, not long.[2]. Near, direct, straight.[3]. Compendious, succinct, concise, terse, pithy, sententious, laconic, CURT.[4]. Abrupt, blunt.[5]. Deficient, defective, inadequate, scanty, insufficient, imperfect.[6]. Lacking, wanting, destitute.[7]. Brittle, friable, BRASH.[8]. (Cookery.) Crisp.

ad. Suddenly, abruptly, at once.

Editor: Stacy

Synonyms and Antonyms

SYN:Brief, limited, scanty, inadequate, insufficient, lacking, deficient,defective, imperfect, incomplete, soon, near, narrow, weak, incomprehensive,inextensive, less, abrupt, blunt, concise, condensed

ANT:Lon,[See {[(]?}], protracted, extended, unlimited, plentiful, ample, abundant,adequate, sufficient, exuberant, liberal, large, copious, complete, distant,deferred, wide, strong, comprehensive, extensive, exceeding, bland, courteous,unabrupt, expanded, diffuse

Edited by Jason


adj. (comp. Short′er,superl. Short′est) not long in time or space: not tall: near at hand early in date: scanty lacking insufficient: in error deficient in wisdom grasp memory &c.: narrow: abrupt curt sharp uncivil: brittle crumbling away readily: not prolonged in utterance unaccented: (coll.) undiluted with water neat: falling below a certain standard (with of): of stocks &c. not having in possession when selling not able to meet one's engagements pertaining to short stocks or to those who have sold short.—adv. not long.—n. a summary account: a short time or syllable: whatever is deficient in number quantity &c.: a short sale one who has made such: (pl.) small clothes knee-breeches: the bran and coarse part of meal in mixture.—ns. Short′age deficiency; Short′-allow′ance less than the regular allowance; Short′-and the character '& ' the ampersand.—adj. Short′-armed having short arms not reaching far.—ns. Short′-bill one having less than ten days to run; Short′-cake a rich tea-cake made short and crisp with butter or lard and baked—also Short′-bread (Scot.): (U.S.) a light cake prepared in layers with fruit between served with cream; Short′-cir′cuit (electr.) a path of comparatively low resistance between two points of a circuit.— Short′-clothes small clothes the dress of young children after the first long clothes.—v.t. Short′-coat to dress in short-coats.— Short′-coats the shortened skirts of a child when the first long clothes are left off.—n. Short′coming act of coming or falling short of produce or result: neglect of or failure in duty.— Short′-comm′ons (see Common).—n. Short′-cross the short cross-bar of a printer's chase.—adjs. Short′-cut cut short instead of in long shreds—of tobacco &c.—also n.; Short′-dāt′ed having short or little time to run from its date as a bill.—n. Short′-divi′sion a method of division with a divisor not larger than 12—opp. to Long-division.—v.t. Short′en to make short: to deprive: to make friable.—v.i. to become short or shorter: to contract.—n. Short′-gown a loose jacket with a skirt worn by women a bed-gown.—adj. Short′-grassed (Shak.) provided or covered with short grass.—n. Short′hand an art by which writing is made shorter and easier so as to keep pace with speaking.—adj. Short′-hand′ed not having the proper number of servants work-people &c.—ns. Short′hander a stenographer; Short′-horn one of a breed of cattle having very short horns—Durham and Teeswater.—adj. Short′-horned.—n. Short′-hose the stockings of the Highland dress reaching to the knee as opposed to the long hose formerly worn by Englishmen.—adjs. Short′-joint′ed short between the joints: having a short pastern; Short′-legged (Shak.) having short legs; Short′-lived living or lasting only for a short time.—adv. Short′ly in a short time: in a brief manner: quickly: soon.—ns. Short′-mē′tre (see Metre); Short′ness; Short′-pull a light impression on a hand-press; Short′-rib one of the lower ribs not reaching to the breast-bone a false or floating rib.—adj. Short′-sight′ed having sight extending but a short distance: unable to see far: of weak intellect: heedless.—adv. Short′-sight′edly.—n. Short′-sight′edness.—adjs. Short′-spō′ken sharp and curt in speech; Short′-stā′ple having the fibre short.—n. Short′-stop the player at base-ball between the second and third base.—adjs. Short′-tem′pered easily put into a rage; Short′-wind′ed affected with shortness of wind or breath; Short′-wit′ted having little wit judgment or intellect.—At short sight meaning that a bill is payable soon after being presented; Be taken short (coll.) to be suddenly seized with a desire to evacuate f鎐es; Come Cut Fall short (see Come Cut Fall); In short in a few words; Make short work of to settle some difficulty or opposition promptly; Take up short to check or to answer curtly; The long and short the whole."

Typed by Jared


Typist: Maura


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